Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirms that the remains found in Bridger-Teton National Forest were those of missing Gabby Petito, with the death initially determined to be a homicide.
The cause of death as homicide is just an initial conclusion and must be finalized after more testing.
Petito, 22, was living the van life and traveling across the United States when she disappeared either in or near Grand Teton National Park in late August. She was traveling with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, and the plan was to chronicle the trip on social media. But she made only one Instagram post regarding her adventures, and since her last contact with her family Laundrie and their van made their way back to North Port, Florida. More details about the relationship between the two have been made public since the announcement of her disappearance.
Here’s the official release from the FBI:
#FBIDenver appreciates the collaboration of all agencies and personnel who assisted in the search, recovery, and identification efforts. @NatlParkService @forestservice @GrandTetonNPS @BridgerTetonNF pic.twitter.com/2CWXNBMUn2
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 21, 2021
Since that return, Laundrie–identified as a person of interest in the case–has disappeared. Florida law enforcement are continuing their search of a 25,000-acre Florida nature preserve, the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, for Laundrie.
Photo from Gabby Petito (@gabspetito) Instagram account.